August 10, 2011

Recruiting Radar: D-Line

Several Michigan State recruiting targets on the defensive line have recently made their college choice. SpartanMag.com looks at the current state of defensive line recruiting and who could be the players that come to the forefront.

Several Michigan State recruiting targets on the defensive line have recently made their college choice. SpartanMag.com looks at the current state of defensive line recruiting and who could be the players that come to the forefront.

  • Off the market:
    The following players have committed to other schools in the last 2 weeks:

    DT Ondre Pipkins to Michigan: Pipkins was a long shot at best. He is originally from Saginaw, but grew up favoring the Wolverines.
    DT Sheldon Day to Notre Dame: Michigan State was never really involved with Day despite offering him. His commitment to Notre Dame could create a domino effect on some other prospects.
    DE Roderick Chungong to Georgia Tech: Chungong was a player the Spartans were in pretty good shape with. However, they were unable to get him on campus this summer and he wanted to make his choice prior to his senior season.

  • On the market:
    The Spartans are still actively involved with several high-level defensive line prospects. In a perfect world the staff would probably like to add 2 of the players listed below.

    -Adolphus Washington of Ohio: The 4-star recruit has stated that the Spartans are on of his top choices. The relatively easy punishment of OSU by the NCAA could benefit the Buckeyes. Washington likes the fact that Se'Von Pittman is already committed to the Spartans.
    -Nathan Lohn of Missouri: the 3-star Lohn is underrated by rivals.com in our opinion. One of the reason why we like him so much as a prospect is due to the fact that he has the ability to play inside or outside on the defensive line due to his combination of size and speed.
    -Danny O'Brien of Michigan: many think that the chances of O'Brien ending up a Spartan are slim to none. Spartanmag.com thinks he is a long-shot, but if he stays uncommitted and takes an official visit to East Lansing, anything is possible.
    -Trae Clark of Ohio: Clark is a massive prospect hat has a solid list of offers. One aspect that concerns some is that Clark is already carrying a lot of weight. In addition Clark will be 19 by the time he signs his letter of intent. He needs to dominate this fall to silence his critics.

    -Ryan Watson of Maryland: Watson is the teammate of Chungong, but we do not expect him to follow him to Georgia Tech or the AC. The Big ten looks to be a likely destination. Penn State could be tough to beat with Larry Johnson serving as the primary recruiter. However, the Lions seem to be focused more on some other players at this point.

    -Tommy Schutt of Illinois: Schutt ha snot listed the Spartans one of his top choices, but his list of favorites could change due to some recent and future commitments. If Schutt decides prior to his senior year, as he said he was planning on doing at one point, we look for the Badgers to win this one. If he decides to wait and take visits, look for MSU to be involved.




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